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around the world. pope benedict is retiring. something a pope hasn't done for nearly 600 years. the 85-year-old cites age.and fatigue. it's not what the cardinals called together today had expected to hear from their pope. benedict the 16th - saying he's just not up to the job anymore and is stepping down feb. 28th. the pope's brother says benedict actually made the decision nearly a year ago. after trips to mexico and cuba. he's nearly 86 and seems increasingly frail. still - a pope retiring is almost unheard of -- this is the last man to do it -- gregory the 12th - in 1415. benedict became pope in 2005.succeeding john paul the second. he may be worn down in part by controversy. almost from the start - he's been criticized for being part of the church hierarchy more worried about its reputation than the sexual abuse of children. as a german bishop in the 80's - he directly helped shield a priest who had abused children. and in 2001 - as a cardinal put in charge of dealing with the growing controversy - he wrote a letter ordering u.s. bishops - under pain of excommunication - to never
story tonight-- a new controversy is rocking the vatican in benedict the 16th's final days as pope. a report. first published in the rome daily details an investigation by three cardinals into a network of gay priests that were blackmailed by a group of male prostitutes. it also contains information on financial wrongdoing within the vatican. the vatican responded by saying the story is an attempt to use public opinion to influence the cardinal's decision in the upcoming new pope election. >> a class action civil trial stemming from the b-p oil disaster gets underway today court. the 20-10 oil rig explosion killed 11 people. and millions of gallons of oil polluted the gulf of mexico. the trial has been divided into two phases. phase one will focus on the actions that led up to the explosion. phase two will determine the financial penalties bp and others will face for violating the clean water act. and the natural resource damage assessment. almost 60 lawyers in all will fill the courtroom. >> the white house turning up the heat on congress today with a state by state breakdown of w
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